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Facilities Safety

Make Time this May to Organize and Label All Chemicals

To support University of Michigan researchers in their efforts to reduce the number of mislabeled or unlabeled chemicals, the Research Academic Safety Committee (RASC) is encouraging all laboratories to set aside time during the month of May to organize and properly label chemicals and other substances being stored in their space(s). Any expired or unneeded ...

Facilities Husbandry Safety SOP

Prior Justification, Approval Required for Transporting Animals in Personal Vehicles

To ensure animal health and welfare and minimize exposure to environmental stressors that may alter study results, transporting live animals in vehicles NOT specifically designed for such purposes (e.g., personal cars or public transportation) is generally NOT permitted. Transporting animals in personal vehicles is ONLY permissible AFTER the following requirements have been met: Transporting Animals ...
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Facilities Guidelines Husbandry IACUC Policies Safety

Lessons Learned from Fall 2023 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) completed its latest round of semi-annual facility inspections in mid-September. These inspections are one of the most important tools we have for routinely assessing programmatic strengths and identifying areas for individual and collective improvement(s) in service to the animals entrusted to our care. Through this lens of ...
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Facilities Husbandry Safety SOP ULAM

Be in the Know Before You Go: Procedures for Safe Animal Transport

Any individual who MAY be responsible for transporting animals on campus should be familiar with the Procedures for Animal Transportation. This document includes detailed species-specific transport instructions, information about donning of Personal Protective Equipment, methods for avoiding exposure to potential pathogens, and techniques to minimize environmental stressors (e.g., temperature extremes, odors, excessive noise). Whether moving ...
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Facilities Safety

Important Reminder: Visitors and Volunteers in Animal Care Facilities

The University is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our staff and the animals entrusted to our care. As outlined by the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Visitors and Volunteers in Research Laboratories Policy, anyone wishing to bring a visitor (i.e., non U-M employee) into an active research facility on any U-M ...
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Facilities Safety

Policy Expands Channel to Address Research Safety Incidents

An expanded policy, designed by the Research and Academic Safety Committee (RASC) and Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), aims to enhance how the University of Michigan community addresses and resolves laboratory and research safety concerns. Schools, colleges, and research units have safety accountability plans in place to define local processes to appropriately manage safety issues ...
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Facilities Policies Safety

Proper PPE: What’s In and What’s Out?

To protect the health and safety of research personnel, the animals entrusted to our care, and the larger U-M research community, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required when working in and around animal facilities. Required PPE for individual rooms and circumstances is based on an Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) risk assessment that takes into ...
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Facilities Safety

Four Key Reminders to Help Protect Against Animal Bites and Scratches

All animals – no matter the size – are capable of inflicting bites and scratches. Although the bites and scratches delivered by small animals, such as laboratory rodents and rabbits, usually result in only minor wounds, bites inflicted by larger animals may result in more serious tissue damage and could even lead to infection. Personnel ...
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Facilities Guidelines Husbandry IACUC Policies Safety

Lessons Learned from Winter 2023 Semi-Annual Facility Inspections

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) completed its latest round of semi-annual facility inspections in mid-March. These inspections are one of the most important tools we have for routinely assessing programmatic strengths and identifying areas for individual and collective improvement(s) in service to the animals entrusted to our care. Through this lens of ...
Multi-colored graph showing common deficiency areas identified during Winter 2023 semi-annual IACUC facility inspections

Facilities Safety

The Do’s and Don’ts of Proper Personal Attire in the Laboratory

Reviewing the basics of proper personal attire in the laboratory with your staff – including students – is critical for maintaining a safe and secure research environment for all personnel, as well as the animals entrusted to our care. REGARDLESS of outdoor weather conditions, please remember that personal attire worn in the laboratory and/or animal care ...
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AAALAC Facilities Safety

AAALAC Site Visit Begins Tuesday, June 13

Beginning this Tuesday, June 13, and running through Friday, June 16, U-M will be hosting site visitors from AAALAC International (AAALAC) for the university’s re-accreditation site visit. During this time, you should anticipate a visit to all animal housing locations on campus, as well as visits to many laboratories. Please review the complete Site Visit Schedule ...
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Facilities Safety

EHS Implements New Repeat Deficiencies Process

In an effort to strengthen research and academic safety across the University of Michigan, beginning this month, laboratory inspection reports generated by the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) will now identify repeat deficiencies. A “repeat deficiency” is defined as a deficiency that is cited in two consecutive laboratory inspections. As EHS works diligently ...
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